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Winning streak comes to an end as Scottish are beaten by Nottingham

Winning streak comes to an end as Scottish are beaten by Nottingham

London Scottish suffered defeat for the first time since New Year's Day as they fell 17-3 to Nottingham at Lady Bay.

London Scottish suffered defeat for the first time since New Year’s Day as they fell 17-3 to Nottingham at Lady Bay.

In a match that was close for the vast majority, it was the hosts that eventually converted their second-half dominance into a hard-fought victory. 


The Scots had the better of the opening exchanges but were unable to turn their possession into points. Jason Harries went close to scoring after just five minutes, the winger intercepted a pass on the half-way line and raced clear but was eventually brought down by the chasing defence and the chance passed by. 

Howard Packman then broke after George Horne’s quickly taken penalty, and his offload to Freddie Clarke brought Scottish within 10 metres of the try-line, but the ball was knocked on. 

Peter Lydon put the Scots in front on the 12 minute mark, his penalty gave them a 3-0 advantage. 

Lawrence Rayner responded just four minutes later to level the score at 3-3, before he put the hosts in front for the first time in the match on 24 minutes with another penalty. 

Nottingham had the majority of the ball in the lead up to half time, but the Scottish defence held firm to keep the score 6-3 at half-time. 

Both sides came out firing in the second-half and looked to play expansive rugby, and the hosts were rewarded after 44 minutes with Rayner’s third penalty extended their lead to 9-3.

Pila Iongi looked to have scored the first try of the afternoon when the winger went flying through the middle, but as the attempted to kick through the ball was bundled in to touch and Scottish survived the danger.

Rayner made it 12-3 to Nottingham with an hour on the clock, the fly-half was having a good day with the boot and putting his side further ahead.

The Scots had a huge chance to get back in to the match with just over 10 minutes left. After a string of penalties they edged themselves closer to the line and had a lineout within just five metres, but when driving to within inches of the line they were penalised and the opportunity fell away. 

Nottingham were reduced to 14 men with one minute left, Vili Hakqolo’s tip-tackle was deemed dangerous and he was sent to the sin-bin. 

Murray McConnell nearly sealed the victory as he appeared to be clear down the right wing, but the Scottish defence scrambled back to deny the scrum-half. From the resulting line-out Paul Grant  drove over the line and gave the hosts a deserved 17-3 victory. 

The Scots are back in action next Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Ground, as they face Doncaster Knights at 15:00. Tickets and hospitality are still available, for more information email lauren.macleod@londonscottish.com

Nottingham Rugby: 
15 Billy Robinson 14 Sam Coghlan Murray 13 Ben Woods (replaced by Vili Hakolo) 12 Heath Stevens 11 Pila Iongi 10 Lawrence Rayner 9 Darryl Veenendaal (replaced by Murray McConnell) 1 Kieran Davies 2 Jon Vickers (replaced by TJ Harris) 3 Conor Carey (replaced by Mike Daniels) 4 Morgan Eames 5 Toby Freeman 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Matt Everard (c) (replaced by Rob Langley) 8 Paul Grant

16 TJ Harris 17 Mike Daniels 18 Joe Green 19 Rob Langley 20 Murray McConnell 21 Will Millett 22 Vili Hakalo

Try: Paul Grant (80 minutes)
Penalties: Lawrence Rayner (15, 24, 43, 61 minutes)
Yellow Card: Vili Hakalo

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Howard Packman (replaced by Sam Smith) 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Alex Grove 11 Jason Harries 10 Oli Grove 9 George Horne (replaced by Matt Heeks) 1 James Hallam (replaced by Jack Cosgrove) 2 Tyrone Moran 3 Matt Shields (replaced by Max Maidment) 4 Will Carrick Smith (replaced by Chris Walker) 5 Josh Thomas Brown 6 Rory Bartle (replaced by Adam Kwasnicki) 7 Tinus du Plessis 8 Freddie Clarke (c)

16 Adam Kwasnicki 17 Jack Cosgrove 18 Max Maidment 19 Chris Walker 20 Mark Bright 21 Matt Heeks 22 Sam Smith

Penalty: Peter Lydon (12 minutes)

Referee: Fergus Kirby
Assistant Referees: Simon Adams & Gregory Garner
Fourth Official: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts

Half-Time: Nottingham 6 – 3 London Scottish

Full-Time: Nottingham 17 – 3 London Scottish

Attendance: 940

Man Of The Match: Matt Everard



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